The annual Moose Jaw Art Guild
Exhibition is now on display at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art
The exhibit features works by 21 local artists, including
paintings, drawings, collages and a sculpture.
Guild members present work they have produced in the last
year at the show. It's a way to show the community the group
is vital and active, said Beth Crabb, the guilds president.
Guild members meet once a month to discuss current
projects, listen to speakers or watch art demonstrations.
Crabb has two watercolour paintings on display at the show.
Both depict rock formations, but they are different from one
The first painting is a real place. It's along the
Churchill River, a place I saw on a canoe trip, she said. The
second one is a place in my mind. The two paintings depict
similar things, but the contrast in style is evident. The
first painting is quite realistic, because it depicts a real
place. The second one uses a lot more reflection, air, light.
Marcella Wheatley, an artist who also has two pieces on
display at the show, said she was motivated to produce one of
the pieces by a demonstration at an art guild meeting, though
she had considering using the technique before.
Her piece of scratch art, depicting a bald eagle, was made
by coating a clay surface with India ink, then scratching out
Her other piece of art on display is a still-life graphite
drawing on paper.
The two pieces are a departure from Wheatley's main body of
work, which is primarily watercolour paintings.
These two pieces are examples of some of my recent
experiments. I like to try a variety of mediums and subject
matter. I find it is helpful when I teach art classes, because
it helps me assist students when they want to try different
mediums, said Wheatley, who teaches adult painting and
children's drawing classes at the gallery.
Wheatley said she chose the pieces for the show because
they have a common theme: they both have shades of black,
white and grey.
Crabb said the purpose of the guild is to encourage the
appreciation and production of original art in the Moose Jaw
The group is always looking for new members, and Crabb
emphasizes that a member does not need to be an artist.
We welcome anyone who is just interested in art, said Crabb.
All ages of people belong to the 24-member guild, from a
19-year-old man to some women in their 80s.
Wheatley said the guild offers a way for local artists to
support each other.
We offer each other encouragement and ideas. Sometimes a
member might call me to have a look at something they are
working on, or Ill take my work over to a member's house to
see what it looks like in a different environment, said
The annual show is evidence of that support and stimulation
that's offered by the guild, because you can see the changes
and new work that members have tried.
In addition to Wheatley's and Crabb's work, the art guild
show has pieces by Irene Banks, Rachel Barkaie, Laura Catling,
Jessie Green, Lee Fast, Vivian Brown, Jessica Hanley, Hanne
Caleval, Jerry Kaiser, Audrey King, Helen Kushner, Ruby
Peltier, Gladys McKenzie, Joan Measner, Yvonne Pearson,
Queenie Smith, Pat Stevens, Donald Tuchelt and Karen Whitney.
The show is on display until Jan. 16. For information on
the art guild, call Crabb at 692-6667.